Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce
(Shared recipe submitted by Sandy.)
Sandy writes: "I got this from a friend of mine, Gary Beck, and had to try it. This is so good! Serve with buttered spaghetti and a salad. It was just like something from a fancy restaurant."
- 2 pounds salmon fillets
- 1-1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 shallots, peeled and minced
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
- 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 3/4 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup light cream
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Cut the salmon into 6 equal serving pieces; wash, and pat dry on paper towels. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the salmon on each side for 2-3 minutes, keeping the center slightly rare since the fish will continue to cook after it is taken from the pan. Remove the fish from the pan with a slotted spatula and keep warm.
Reduce the heat to low and add the shallots and garlic to the pan. Sauté, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add the basil, parsley, wine, cream, lemon juice, pepper and salt to the pan and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is reduced by half. Taste for seasoning, adding pepper and salt as needed. To serve, reheat the fish slightly in the sauce and then serve the sauce around the salmon fillets.
Notes: The fish can be prepared up to three hours in advance. Reheat the fish in the sauce over low heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
About Sandy: Sandy's e-mail address is Oommpapa@aol.com.